John Lithgow, Blythe Danner’s ‘The Tomorrow Man’ Acquired by Bleecker Street

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Bleecker Street has acquired the North American rights to Noble Jones’ debut feature “The Tomorrow Man,” the distributor announced Thursday.

John Lithgow and Blythe Danner star in the romantic film which will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 30 and will subsequently be released on May 19.

The film follows Ed (Lithgow) who spends his life preparing for a disaster that might never come, while Ronnie (Danner) shops for things she might not need. The two try to find love while not trying to get lost.

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Jones wrote and directed, while Luke Rivett, Nicolaas Bertelsen, James Schamus and Tony Lipp produced. Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton, Sophie Thatcher and Eve Harlow also star.

“Noble Jones has created a uniquely charming love
story between master actors John Lithgow and Blythe Danner,” Bleecker Street’s CEO Andrew Karpen said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be working with my old colleague James Schamus and the team at Anonymous Content.”

Jones added, “I’m thrilled to have my film’s world premiere at Sundance. John and Blythe were amazing to work with and I’m looking forward to working with the incredible team at Bleecker Street to bring the film to nationwide audiences.”

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The North American deal was negotiated by Kent Sanderson and Camille Bertrand on behalf of Bleecker Street, with UTA Independent Film Group representing the filmmakers.

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‘Book Club’ Film Review: Women-of-a-Certain-Age Sex Comedy Has Poignancy Beneath the Pratfalls

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It’s a credit to TV’s greater curiosity and openmindedness that when I beheld the four stars of “Book Club” — actresses ranging in age from 65 to 80 — my thoughts turned to how recently I’d seen them on their respective shows or in headlines about their upcoming series.

The ensemble romantic comedy benefits enormously from Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen keeping their comedic and dramatic muscles warmed up (though a stiffer Candice Bergen has her bravura moments, too). None of the women are asked to do anything too strenuous in “Book Club,” but their collective charisma — along with their male co-stars’ — add up to an irresistible charmfest.

The premise of “Book Club” sounds, to be honest, excruciatingly dumb: A quartet of elderly friends are inspired by the “50 Shades of Grey” books to spice up their sex lives. But first-time director Bill Holderman, who penned the script with Erin Simms, smartly adds a pinch of salt to the sweetness to amplify both sides of the flavor spectrum.

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The film’s aspirational, 60-is-the-new-40 fantasies feel grounded enough in emotional truths and aging concerns that the most unrealistic thing about these literate ladies, who deliver guffaw-worthy lines about Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” and Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” is that they never once mock “50 Shades” author E.L. James’ atrocious prose.

“Book Club” opens with an awkwardly Photoshopped snapshot of the four main characters in their youth, clinging to their copies of Erica Jong’s “Fear of Flying.” Now a few years shy of 70, all but one feels erotically adrift. The exception is commitment-phobic Vivian (Fonda), a luxury hotel owner (in attention-grabbing animal prints) who’s happy as a lifelong bachelorette but finds herself drawn to an old boyfriend (Don Johnson) who’s visiting Los Angeles.

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The others are in various stages of sexual shutdown. The most resistant to an erotic rekindling is federal judge Sharon (Bergen), who internet-stalks her ex-husband (Ed Begley, Jr.) and his decades-younger new fiancée and seemingly hasn’t been on a date since her divorce 18 years ago. Chef Carol (Steenburgen), the only one friend still married, struggles with her husband’s (Craig T. Nelson) utter lack of interest in sex.

Widowed homemaker Diane (Keaton, in a first-rate set of her signature androgynous garb) is needled by her condescending daughters (Katie Aselton and Alicia Silverstone) to move to Scottsdale, where she can be stuffed into the basement and supervised 24/7. Diane shows resistance even before she meets a stranger on a plane (a positively smoldering Andy Garcia) who’s willing to show her everything she missed out on during her lackluster marriage. Richard Dreyfuss and Wallace Shawn make brief appearances, but somehow Sam Elliott does not.

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To be sure, “Book Club” has more goofy gags than it does witticisms. An arrow on a plant moisture meter twitches from “dry” to “wet” when a character gets lost in Christian Grey’s Red Room, and Nelson’s character is marched into several situations fly-first after a Viagra accident leaves him fuming and erect. The cast is just as game for the broad humor as it is for the emotional beats; the latter’s familiarity doesn’t detract from its poignancy.

As movingly as each character’s romantic and/or familial storyline wraps up, though, I wish the core cast had a few more scenes to themselves. They share such an easygoing chemistry — and the inevitable scene where the friends diagnose one another on what they’re doing wrong hints at such layers of friendship — that it felt disappointing that their decades-long bond wasn’t the focus of the movie. The men are a treat. But there isn’t quite enough of the women to comprise a feast.



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Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey & Katie Aselton Cast In ‘Book Club’

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‘Fun Mom Dinner’ Review: Toni Collette, Molly Shannon Go Wild, Predictable Hijinks Ensue

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“Fun Mom Dinner” kicks off the way you might expect a comedy with that title would: a montage of four mothers’ school mornings, with each trying with varying degrees of success to wrangle their spawn until one ends up with poo on her face. Such broadness doesn’t bode well for the feature debuts of director Alethea Jones and scripter Julie Rudd.

But although the filmmakers return to outsize wackiness too frequently, the film mercifully isn’t one chaotic gag after another. The titular event is launched when the relatively with-it Jamie (Molly Shannon) invites the new parent at her preschool, Emily (Katie Aselton, “Casual”), to join her and hyperorganized rule-following mother Melanie (Bridget Everett) to dinner that night.

Emily’s down but asks if she can bring her friend and fellow school mom Kate (Toni Collette). After some quick inhales and hesitation, Jamie diplomatically says that Kate doesn’t hang out with other moms. The reason, as the film wisely shows instead of tells, is that Kate is a bit difficult, with a particular rivalry with Melanie, who serves as a “proud parent volunteer” overseeing the school parking lot.

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Though Kate refuses, at some point during the day Emily confesses to her that her marriage to Tom (Adam Scott) has gone cold, with him ignoring her subtle flirtations and regarding his watching their kids as a babysitting favor. So she tricks Kate into thinking that she wants to have dinner to talk about her woes. How Kate doesn’t suspect it was the mom gathering all along requires a suspension of disbelief that will come in handy until the credits roll.

The night, unsurprisingly, starts off contentiously, with some name-calling that helps the film earn its R rating. There’s an angry walkout by one party with a just-for-show follow by another, but then a scandalous vape doobie and a call for peace ensues. Soon, all four women are smokin’ in the girls room and embarking on a dine ‘n dash when they set off the restaurant’s sprinkler system. Fueled by booze and weed, the game’s afoot.

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Rudd doesn’t just focus on the ladies, which relieves the zaniness some. Tom brought his brood over to Kate’s place so that he and Kate’s husband Andrew (Rob Huebel) can babysit together. Andrew seems to have a bit of a greater handle on this parenting gig, and the guys talk about their marriages. (“She has this whole thing about f–ing ‘fun,’” Tom complains while expressing how stressed out and tired he is.) Though, naturally, their night goes off the rails, too; the messup is relatively minor, and these scenes work as a nice palate cleanser to cut the moms’ increasingly frenetic actions.

It also helps that not all the women are eager to go wild. From the beginning, for instance, we see that single mother Jamie isn’t struggling with lack of control over her child as much as loneliness. “You aren’t just a mom,” she says to her phone’s camera. “You are a hot, hot single lady!” (After viewing a snap, she recoils: “Oh God.”)

Jamie then personifies low-key pot paranoia throughout the night. While Kate lets loose and Emily is tempted by good-looking (and/or scuzzy, depending on your perspective) bar owner Luke (Adam Levine), Melanie’s penchant for responsibility doesn’t flag, though the brashness that Everett brings to her character can be overbearing.

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The film is also boosted by its ’80s soundtrack, with hits from Pat Benatar, Heart, and the Go-Go’s popping up just when the film is starting to flag and “99 Luftballoons” serving as the inevitable karaoke number. Luke picked it for the ladies, having instantly warmed to them after assuming they were all mothers; though the group is offended, he proves that he meant it as a compliment by showing off his “Moms” tattoo. How having two mothers translates into loving all mothers is a mystery, but Emily’s got to get her flirt on somehow.

By the laws of screwball comedy, “Fun Mom Dinner” must culminate in an overblown crisis capped by a scene of sentimentality. Eyes are opened and walls dropped. It’s predictable, but at least there are some surprise turns in what promised to be a strictly by-the-numbers road.

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‘Legion’ Star Katie Aselton Says Melania Trump Should ‘Get Katie Holmes Lawyers’ (Exclusive Video)

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“Legion” star Katie Aselton says she’s got Melania Trump’s back. But there’s one catch.

In a tweet last month, the “Legion” star said she’d support the first lady if she were to call it quits. “Please tell me you’re resigning too… I got your back if you do,” she wrote at the time.

Aselton explained her tweet in an interview with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell, saying that Trump’s relationship with her husband “kind of breaks my heart.”

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“All of these videos of Donald getting into the car and letting her walk around, she just looks so sad,” Aselton said. “My heart just sort of goes out to her.”

Her recommendation for what the first lady should do if she is in fact unhappy with her marriage? Take a page out of the escaping Scientology playbook, the FX Marvel series actress suggests:”Let’s get Katie Holmes lawyers in there… We’ll figure something out. We’ll save you.”

The relationship between Donald and Melania Trump became a topic of conversation after a video of a brief interaction between the two at the inauguration went viral. The clip appears to show Melania smiling while her husband turns to look at her, but immediately frowning when he looks away.

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“That can’t be a happy marriage, I don’t know. But who knows?” Aselton said. “No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Maybe they’re so happy.”

“It really hurts my heart a lot. A lot,” she continued. “She signed on for a penthouse, and she got the White House.”

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please tell me you’re resigning too… i got your back if you do https://t.co/XIRgEgNb4W

— Katie Aselton (@duplaselton) February 14, 2017

Watch TheWrap’s interview with Aselton in the video above.

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‘Legion’: It’s Starting to Seem Very Possible That Nothing We’ve Seen So Far Is Real

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(Spoiler alert for the FX series “Legion” through the March 1 episode.)

This week, “Legion” let its characters spend some time away from main character David (Dan Stevens), and finally started cluing viewers in on what’s real.

Or, maybe, it just dropped its biggest clues about what isn’t real.

Throughout the first three episodes, we’ve been stuck seeing just about everything in “Legion” from David’s perspective. Given that David is never sure what’s actually happening and what’s only in his mind, everything he perceives has been suspect. As Syd (Rachel Keller), Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris) and Kerry (Amber Midthunder) investigate David’s life without him present, though, they’re able to start finding out what things he’s told them are truth and what ones are imaginary.

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The biggest bombshell was the reveal that David’s childhood dog, King, never existed (something we suspected was the case). That’s according to Amy (Katie Aselton), David’s sister. He remembers a childhood dog that no one else could see.

We also start to get the lowdown on Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), whose existence has been very weird from the beginning. Lenny apparently died in the first episode due to some mutant power mishaps. But Philly (Ellie Araiza), David’s ex-girlfriend, tells David’s friends that it wasn’t a woman named Lenny who was David’s junky friend — it was a man named Benny.

It all adds up to a weird vision of what’s going on in David’s head. His perception of events is skewed, that much is obvious. But Episode 4 also continues to pile on clues that suggest the perception of everyone in the show is suspect, not just David. Nobody is quite sure what’s real. Ptonomy even says so. And things are getting stranger by the episode.

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Episode 4 gives us some revelations about Lenny, for instance, but we know that other people have interacted with Lenny. Syd, who is fully present in this episode, knew Lenny at Clockworks Psychiatric Hospital. It was Syd, in switching bodies with David, who killed Lenny, in fact. Syd doesn’t remember Lenny as Benny — it’s news to her as much as anyone that other people knew Lenny as a man.

In the comics on which the show is based, David’s power as Legion extends beyond just reading people’s thoughts and manipulating objects with his mind. In Marvel’s original stories, he’s so powerful he can shape and recreate reality. That might have been what was at play when Lenny was killed. It seems that when Syd took over David’s body, she accidentally unleashed his powers. Syd, as David, made the doors to all the rooms in Clockworks vanish, replacing them with blank walls. Lenny was unfortunate enough to get caught in one of those walls.

“Legion” hasn’t posited that David has the ability to rewrite reality in so many words, but the Clockworks incident certainly leans that way. And if David’s power allows him to turn doors into walls and teleport people through solid objects, it’s possible that a lot more in “Legion” than we realize are things he’s imagined and made real. It seems possible even Syd is a creation of David’s mind.

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Even without David present for much of it, Episode 4 is constantly playing with the audience’s ability to discern what’s actually happening. Syd’s narration of the episode reads like she’s telling the story after the fact, and she’s constantly questioning what she’s seeing and what’s real. We also get an introduction from Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement), the husband of mutant team leader Melanie Bird (Jean Smart). He starts the episode as if he’s showing a movie with a moral. And then he shows up in the episode and meets David on the astral plane. Is he a figment in David’s head, an outsider showing what’s happening, or somewhere in between? Is Syd telling the story, remembering it, or playing a part in a dream in David’s mind? The fact that events seem to play out of order in Syd’s retelling — notably the attack by The Eye (Mackenzie Gray) that’s shown in flashes when Syd is asleep — make the audience skeptical of even her perception.

There are even subtler clues that what we’re seeing might be a fabrication. A recurring image in Episode 4 is one of linked circles, like a chain. David climbs a ladder in the astral plane constructed of metallic circles. Two scenes later, Syd and her crew meet Philly, who’s wearing earrings constructed of metallic circles. Keep an eye out the rest of the episode and circles, like links in a chain, show up more than once in the costumes and production design. These could just be coincidental choices in dressing the sets of “Legion” — or they could be clues tying what we’re seeing in separate places together.

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“Legion” has leaned heavily on messing with the audience’s ability to trust events through its first three episodes, but it goes to another level in Episode 4. Even though we don’t have David around to act as a lens through which we view events, our perception of what’s happening is still called into question over and over.

So what’s real in “Legion?” How does it fit into the rest of the “X-Men” universe it shares? We still don’t have enough information to be sure. But so far, the only thing that seems certain is that, in David’s story, nothing is certain.

We’ve put together a ranked list of characters on “Legion” ranked by how likely it is they’re imaginary. You can check that out below.

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“Legion” star Katie Aselton dropped a bombshell when she visited TheWrap this week: FX’s reality-bending superhero show has another villain waiting in the wings.

Aselton discussed the story of her character, Amy Haller, so far in the show. Amy is the sister of protagonist David (Dan Stevens). In Episode 2, she was kidnapped by the nefarious Division 3, a government outfit hunting powerful mutants like David.

She also mentioned that Division 3 isn’t the only thing David and his mutant pals have to worry about.

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“As far as my character’s concerned, what we’ve seen thus far is, I have now become a pawn for Division 3. That’s like the government, the bad guys,” Aselton said. “But then there’s like an ultimate evil — worse than bad guys. So you’ll meet that ultimate evil and see what that guy’s up to.”

Currently, the primary villains of “Legion” are a scary man called “The Eye” (Mackenzie Gray) and Brubaker (David Selby), who apparently leads Division 3. But David also has villains that seem to exist in his mind. For a start, there’s the Devil with the Yellow Eyes, a frightening creature that haunts David.

In the Marvel comics that inspired the show, David is an anti-hero with villainous qualities, thanks to the multiple personalities — not all of whom are good — vying for control of his body.

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Could the “ultimate evil” Aselton hints at be David himself, or a personality we haven’t seen yet?

In any event, Aselton said that David’s current quest to save Amy won’t necessarily solve all of the show’s first-season conflicts.

“So I’m being used as a pawn. David wants to save me. …That doesn’t mean that that’s going to fix everything,” she said.

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Aselton also noted that “Legion” has more in store for viewers outside of her character’s arc. Characters that have only just been introduced, or have only been hinted at so far, will get a larger role in upcoming episodes.

“We continue to have incredible actors come in playing incredible roles,” she said. “Jemaine Clement comes in and he’s just like a god. And you get to see more of Bill Irwin (who plays Cary Loudermilk), who you just got introduced to in the second episode, and he is just a dream.”

We’ve known since New York Comic-Con last year that Clement was part of the cast — but just what his role will be in the future isn’t quite clear yet.

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FX Marvel Series ‘Legion’ Gets Premiere Date, New Trailer (Video)

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FX announced the official premiere date for the Marvel series “Legion” and released a new trailer for the series on Monday.

The new drama series from “Fargo” showruner Noah Hawley will premiere on FX on Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. ET.

Based on the Marvel Comics serial by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, the show follows the story of David Haller (“Downton Abbey” alum Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human.

Confined to a mental hospital, David is confronted with the possibility that what he thought were voices in his head all these years may actually be real.

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The series also stars Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder and Bill Irwin.

Hawley serves as executive producer, along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron.

“Legion” is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production.

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